Tobacco Dock was the place to be on the 12 March, as the venue held the annual BAFTA Games Awards 2014. Some of the world’s biggest names in the games industry turned up to see if they would take home BAFTA’s golden mask, with Rockstar Games in attendance to collect the Fellowship – awarded to the company behind Grand Theft Auto for their outstanding contribution to games.
The night’s biggest winners included The Last Of Us which scooped 5 BAFTAs, including Best Game, Performer and Audio Achievement. Grand Theft Auto V walked away with three BAFTAs, winning in the Multiplayer, Game Design and British Game categories.
Another British developer to win three awards was Media Molecule, creators of Tearaway led by Rex Crowle, one of BAFTAs Breakthrough Brits. The creative paper-based adventure game for PlayStation Vita picked up awards for Artistic Achievement, Family and Mobile & Handheld game.
Dan Pearce, the YGD winner of 2010 also attended the event, having been nominated in the Debut Game category for Castles in the Sky. Since winning YGD Dan set up his own games company The Tall Trees, and is becoming an important figure in the industry. BAFTA recently interviewed Dan to find out more about his games career.
The Young Game Designer competition has opened for entries, so if you want to follow in Dan's footsteps, check out how to apply!
Tobacco Dock also held BAFTA's first Inside Games event, which allowed the public to preview games that haven’t yet been released in the UK. Sega, XBOX One and RuneScape all showcased games and there were crowds of people queuing outside the venue to be the first to get their hands on games including Dark Souls II and inFamous: Second Son.
There was also a secret pop up shop at Inside Games, where fans of DOTA 2 could buy exclusive merchandise.